Rev. James Rothwell was appointed vicar by Queen Anne in 1712. He belonged to the same stock as the first vicar appointed by the Crown. Like Richard Hatton, he was educated at Bolton Grammar School. Two years after leaving Oxford he was appointed to the living of Deane at the age of 24, and held that same office until his death in 1766. He showed unbounded enthusiasm for the work of church and parish, remaining aloof from all political matters. He applied himself to the business side of the church, as well as the spiritual, himself writing the minutes of meetings and also keeping the churchwardens' accounts. Both his minutes and accounts are a source of much detailed knowledge of parochial affairs. He found time, however, to ride to hounds with the gentlemen of his parish.